If procrastination was a disease, most of us would be doomed to hell.
If you landed on this article you are either working on fixing your problem of putting things off, or you needed something to distract you from what you’re supposed to be doing.
Regardless, at least you are making some type of effort. By the end of reading this article, you should be closer to dropping the procrastination habit.
A problem is not an issue until you admit to it. It happens to the best of us, but don’t fret because it’s all in the mind. If you want change with every ounce of your being, you will get it.
But if you are not that into it, no matter how many articles or tricks you pick up; it will never happen.
Remember, it’s easy to fall into procrastinating and the opposite when it comes to dropping the habit.
Commit to taking action. Follow these simple steps below and your problem will be no more.
1. Have someone yell at you!
No, I don’t mean like a drill Sargent, but an accountability partner.
Many successful people use this method because they know it works. But the reason it works is not because you pick any ordinary joe to keep you accountable. Anyone can do that, if you pick a slacker who isn’t serious about getting better what do you get? – Yup, no results.
Pick someone who isn’t afraid to tell you how it is. Better, someone heading in the same direction as you and expects nothing but great from you. In return for their help you will do the same.
2. Setup a pain point
Like having an accountability partner, setup a consequence for failing to stick to your work. Tell a group of friends you’ll give each of them $100 for each minute you decide to goof off from your work.
That much money to five friends for ten minutes of slacking is more than anyone would want to pay.
By making it painful to procrastinate, you’ll be less likely to do so, whether you have that type of money or not, it’s still a loss.
3. Setup before bedtime
Of course, this was the first thing that came to mind, right?
Most people pass this off as none effective when doing something simple like preparing for ten minutes the night before can save you hours of stress the morning after.
When you get out of bed, you’re in reboot mood. That means your brain’s going to take some time to come to. If nothing is planned out, you run the risk of stressing yourself figuring out what’s important and what isn’t.
Making sure everything is set the night before saves you the strain of doing it in the morning. No effort, no stress, less chance of you putting it off till the afternoon.
4. Schedule break time
I know what you’re thinking.
Take a break, but isn’t that the same as not doing anything? Although many people may look at pausing for a few as being lazy or the same as procrastinating, it is not.
Overworking is what newbie entrepreneurs or overexcited people do, before you know it they crash and become procrastinators. Ironic, I know.
If you want to be able to go the distance. Take a break.
scheduling some time to enjoy yourself is a great way to let your body come to. Relieve the mind tension and avoid getting sick of doing something that feels tedious.
5. Clean up the clutter
More stress, less work. That’s how that works.
If your home is a mess you are inviting stress into your life.
Ever been pissed off and couldn’t figure out why. That’s happened to be a lot. I’m already fighting depression, but my stress levels kept spiking and I didn’t know why.
It’s like when your girlfriend gets pissy at you and you find out it’s that time of the month.
I felt so down, I couldn’t concentrate on what I was doing. When I took my eyes off my laptop screen and looked around the room I felt a sharp jab in my chest.
“Geez, what a mess.” I was so down that I just went to sleep. It wasn’t until when I woke and read about it did I figure why I’ve been getting such mood swings.
So, clean the area you work at as well as your room.
If you like to work with the blinds closed, open them. Not getting enough sun has an effect on being awake and getting things done.
6. Stop multitasking
It’s a myth. Doing two, or three things at a time is not real, nor is it possible.
You see the process of multitasking as getting more done in a shorter period of time, but reality, you’re switching from one task to another, and most of the time getting distracted about what you were supposed to be doing.
Doing many things at once burns more time, causes more stress and increases the probability of you procrastinating because if you can handle two things at once, you can scroll down Facebooks wall on the side.
Just don’t do it.
7. Shrink your to do list
How many articles say, “use sticky notes” to get things done?
A lot if you do a simple search on google. My site probably mentions something about a to do list as well, but not in the same way everyone else is telling you to use them.
Yes, a to do list could work. But, only if you do it correctly.
Listing tasks one after the other is a great way to get sucked into hell. They aren’t prioritized, you just write down what you think should be done with no order of importance.
Having too many tasks or listing all of them as important means none of them have value.
Don’t use a to do list. If you do, take everything down and start over. List the three important actionable objectives first. Have a list of five maximum, never more than ten if you are good at going through the list.
Whatever didn’t make it on the list, is not important.
No matter how much a procrastinator you are, you can always do something about it.
If you wish for less stress, more time, and to feel great about what you do, take action. You don’t have to do everything on the list at once. Start with one thing, and go to the next.
If you feel none of these steps will work for you or wish to tell me about your unique situation, leave a comment and I will give you a personal answer.
If there are some other tips and tricks you use to beat putting things off, be sure to share them below.